By Merlyn BrownSpecial to The Verde IndependentOn
Saturday, Jan. 19, “Via Romen” performed at the Mingus Union High
School Auditorium in Cottonwood. Sponsored by the Verde Valley Concert
Association, the North Carolina-based ensemble plays “Nuevo Russian
Romany Music.” Romany (Gypsy) music is rooted in Russian-Romany
tradition with intricate improvisations, catchy tunes, and flashy
footwork; Nuevo Russian–Romany Music is the original creation of Via
Romen.Two of the performers, Vadim Kolpakov and Arkadiy Gips, were part
of Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” 2008/2009 world tour as members of the
Kolpakov Trio. VVN/Jon Pelletier So
many times superlative adjectives are overworked when applied to
performers. Anybody who had the privilege of being in the audience at
the Mingus Union High Auditorium last Saturday night would have to agree
that the instrumentalists in the Romany folk group"Via Romen" deserve
every last extreme plaudit.
The Verde Valley, Sedona and
surrounding areas are not short of performances. But there are times
when certain musicians - by their sheer ability to fill a huge
performing space with their music - deserve to be presented in just such
a venue. Such was the case with "Via Romen,"
The artistry and
mastery of their instruments exhibited by seven-string guitarist Vadim
Kolpakov, violinist Arkadiy Gips and guitarist Alex Gorodezky filled the
auditorium and nearly raised the roof. Vocalist Petra Gelbart provided
diversity with her strong voice, and friendly interaction with the
The enthusiastic and appreciative audience was treated
to a variety of melodies whose origins were definitely traceable to
Eastern Europe, and as they were mostly rooted in a minor key, tugged at
the heartstrings. However, all the pieces were not of that geographical
derivation - Astor Piazzolla, the Argentinian master of tango music,
was represented by a magnificent duet between Kolpakov and Gips, who did
similar justice in high style to Monte's "Czardas" which left us
breathless. Kolpakov also thrilled the onlookers with a sprightly ethnic
dance which brought the house down.
Kudos to the Verde Valley
Concert Association, which continues to bring top-of-the-line performing
artists to our area, despite all the competition here for our
Their next presentation is on Friday,
March 1. The popular Brigham Young University Ballet returns, and will
dance excerpts from "Princesses" ballets such as "Cinderella" "Sleeping
Beauty" and other favorites.
There will be a "Meet and Greet" time before the actual concert for youngsters.
For more information call 928-639-0636.
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- on Oct 15, 2011 5:12 PM by Via Romen View Download